Plymouth Marine Laboratory – Partner Institute

For inquiries, please contact Tom Vance:

Centre for Marine Biofouling and Corrosion

Research Areas & Focuses

  1. Antifouling technology development
  2. Marine coating testing
  3. Genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches to explore biofilm function
  4. Bacterial quorum sensing
  5. MIC prevention / failure analysis 


  • Laboratory based antifouling technology screening
  • In-shore antifouling test facilities / rigs
  • Off-shore high energy antifouling test facilities
  • Single Cell Genomics Facility
  • High performance and precision flow cytometry, microfluidics, liquid handling and molecular diagnostic machinery


Dr Tom Vance
Dr Karen Tait
Professor Mike Allen